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Up at Night
Nuit debout
© Twenty Nine Studio & Production
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Bob Nelson Makengo

IMAGE

Bob Nelson Makengo

SON

Moimi Wezam Mushamalirwa

MONTAGE

Bob Nelson Makengo

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Twenty Nine Studio & Production

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Argos Centre for Art and Media Brussels, ADAV

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
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Alors que le crépuscule s'estompe et qu'une autre nuit sans électricité tombe, les quartiers de Kinshasa révèlent l'environnement instable au milieu de la violence, des conflits politiques et de l'incertitude du barrage hydroélectrique du Grand Inga3, qui promet d'apporter un jour une source d'énergie permanente au Congo.

Nocturnal Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is illuminated with thousands of cheap portable LEDs. Power lines often get cut, so at night people need to improvise solutions to light up the dark.
Three separate screens show the precarious situation in this central African country, where the population faces political upheaval and battles among violent street gangs. Sometimes the screens show the same image, sometimes different ones: a woman holding a thick cable in her hand, a lamp seller, people listening to the news on a portable radio. In the background, we hear the sound of the generator providing the precious electrical power. All these nocturnal activities are illuminated by countless tiny lights, in cute flower shapes, moving in hands, swaying in the wind.
These are visually magical scenes, but the underlying situation is harsh in this country that the author Joseph Conrad described as “the heart of darkness.” The people who live here are making a remarkable display of resilience.

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